Super zooms are becoming the new point-and-shoots as consumers quickly pick up the fact that cell phones simply can't offer the zoom--or the manual modes--that these guys can. At its announcement, the Canon PowerShot SX60 offers the biggest zoom on the market with a whopping 65x lens.
Zoom gets you shots other cameras can't--so the Canon SX60 should be excellent in that respect. It uses a 1/2.3" sensor, which is widely used across this category except for a handful of more advanced (and expensive) models. It includes manual modes and RAW, making it a good option for those that want to learn to go beyond auto but aren't ready for a DSLR yet. The SX60 hits around average for top shutter speed too, though there's a few models like the Sony HX400 that have burst speeds faster than 6.5 fps.
Video quality should hit the mark with 1080p quality. The frame rate of 60 fps is excellent and prevents choppy footage. Canon usually offers a pretty good autofocus here too.
It's hard to judge a super zoom by its specs, since image quality at the long end of the zoom varies widely. In our past experience, the more zoom crammed into the camera, the worse the image quality is at the longer zooms, but of course, that isn't something we can conclude without a full hands-on review.
While the Canon PowerShot SX60 looks like a good camera, the price seems a bit high. Most similar cameras are selling for around $350 to $450, and the SX60 is listed at $550. Of course, it has a better zoom then the other options, but we'd like to see another feature that's a bit better too, like a larger sensor, to justify such a big price difference.
We've reviewed four super zoom cameras this year, and our favorite of that bunch was the Fujifilm S1 because of the fast performance and image quality that stuck around even at 50x zoom. Before you jump on the Canon SX60, make sure to check out our list of favorite super zooms and compare.